37 killed, many missing in Bangladesh after ferry capsizes

Bangladesh 37 killed, many missing after ferry capsizes A triple-deck ferry packed with travelers heading home for an Islamic festival capsized as they disembarked in southern Bangladesh, leaving at least 37 dead and scores missing, authorities said Saturday. M.V. Coco, traveling from the capital Dhaka, went down late Friday as it arrived at Nazirhat town. Some survivors said the boat hit a river shoal as it approached the terminal, breaking the hull and allowing water in. As passengers scrambled to disembark, the vessel tipped and partially sank in the Tetulia River. Dhaka’s private ETV television station said the ferry was carrying more than 1,500 people. The ferry had a sanctioned capacity of 1,000 passengers, police said.

Associated Press

Bangladesh 37 killed, many missing after ferry capsizes A triple-deck ferry packed with travelers heading home for an Islamic festival capsized as they disembarked in southern Bangladesh, leaving at least 37 dead and scores missing, authorities said Saturday. M.V. Coco, traveling from the capital Dhaka, went down late Friday as it arrived at Nazirhat town. Some survivors said the boat hit a river shoal as it approached the terminal, breaking the hull and allowing water in. As passengers scrambled to disembark, the vessel tipped and partially sank in the Tetulia River. Dhaka’s private ETV television station said the ferry was carrying more than 1,500 people. The ferry had a sanctioned capacity of 1,000 passengers, police said.

Baton Rouge, La.

5 killed in crash of van that carried children

A crowded minivan blew a tire, clipped a truck and rolled on Interstate 10 Saturday, killing five people and critically injuring 10, police said. Thirteen people were thrown from the van, including four of the dead who were found in the median, police said. The GMC Safari minivan was carrying 15 people, most of them children. Only the driver, who was killed along with four children, and a front-seat passenger appear to have been wearing seat belts, police said.

Sweden

Police clear husband, blame moose in death

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Elsewhere

china: A Zimbabwe-registered MD-11 cargo plane crashed in flames during takeoff from Shanghai's main airport Saturday, killing three American crew members and injuring four others. U.S. Embassy officials did not release the Americans' names.

Iran: A conservative legislator warned Saturday that his country may pull out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty after a U.N. resolution censuring Tehran — a move that could undermine world attempts to prevent Iran from developing atomic weapons.

Times wires

37 killed, many missing in Bangladesh after ferry capsizes 11/28/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 28, 2009 8:19pm]

    

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